Fox Evades is the solo project of DIY alternative musician, songwriter and producer, Jordan Mae who was born in Manchester, UK.
Where are you based?
How long have you been making music?
I taught myself to play the guitar from the age of seven using a battered up antique acoustic guitar and a CD-ROM. I then went on to study music technology at Winstanley College, home of The Verve where I learned the basics of music production. It was only during lockdown that I finally had the courage to share my music with the world.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Indie, dream-pop, new wave, alternative
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Music is the most powerful art on the planet. Some songs can actually save a person’s life, they certainly have mine. I found an artist called girl in red during lockdown and I think she was the main reason I started to take my own music seriously. She does absolutely everything herself and made me realise that it is possible to achieve your dream if you work hard enough.
What are your biggest musical influences?
The Cure, The Smiths, Blondie, Patti Smith, Placebo, girl in red.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m an independent artist, kind of like a one woman band. From writing, recording and producing my own music to creating artwork and videos, the fun is never ending!
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Overcoming self doubt. In a single day I can go from feeling confident about my music to wanting to jack it all in completely. It’s really scary releasing your own music, especially when the lyrics you’ve written are so personal but it’s the best way to channel my sadness into something positive and the kind words and messages of encouragement from my fans are honestly what keep me going.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I’ve self-released four singles. The Heart That Drowned was my debut which was featured on BBC Music Introducing. The funny story is that I actually missed it and woke up to an email the next day saying ‘your song has been played on BBC radio’. I nearly died right there and then. My second single was Bira which really caught a lot of people’s attention and was even declared a ‘summer indie anthem’ on a music blog. It was song of the week on BBC Music Introducing and it gave me the opportunity to do my first radio interviews which was terrifying beyond belief. I then released Born to Sleep and Someday and the lyrics in these songs really seemed to hit home with a lot of people. I want to be as genuine and honest as possible when writing my lyrics and be as relatable as possible.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
My latest release is Someday which is actually a song I began to write when I was seventeen. It was originally about my sociology teacher at college who was a bit of a teacher psycho and nearly ruined my life. It then transformed into a song about being yourself and not giving a f*ck what anybody else thinks. The music video is really powerful and follows the journey of a transgender person who is lucky enough to have a friend who supports them and loves them for who they are. It’s a horrible truth that transgender people are still not accepted in society and this needs to change. People should have the right to wear what they feel comfortable in without being ridiculed. Although I myself am not trans, it’s an issue that needs addressing.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
My debut EP is set to be released in February next year. It’s called ‘Nothing But Our Dreams’ and will feature six tracks, three of which are brand new, unreleased songs.